Nidahas Cup 2018: Karthik’s Heroics Guide India To Final Win

Nidahas Cup 2018

 

Day Highlights:

  • India won by 4 wickets
  • They made 168-6
  • Karthik won the match with a last ball 6

 

India sealed the Nidahas Cup and in some style. A thrilling, nail-biting final against Bangladesh went right down to the wire with Dinesh Karthik winning the match for the Indians with a six of the last ball. It was a final for the ages and what a final it was. A match that will be remembered by cricket lovers for ages to come went India’s way by four wickets as they chased the 167 run target set to them by Bangladesh.

 

After having earlier defeated hosts Sri Lanka in style to reach the final of the tournament, underdogs Bangladesh went into the final against favorites India in some confidence. They still knew it would be a huge task for them if they had any chance of winning and improving on their earlier record of 0 T20 wins against the subcontinent giants. Batting first, they lost their way early on after they slumped to 33-3 within 5 overs in front of a buzzing crowd in Colombo. Sabbir Rahman grabbed control of the Bangladeshi innings from thereon much to the relief of the minnows as his vital knock of 70 off 50 balls saw him contribute almost half of Bangladesh’s total. A late charge by Mehidy Hasan in which he took Shankar to the cleaners saw Bangladesh post a good fighting total of 166-8, one that gave them a chance to win the final.

 

After having earlier defeated Bangladesh twice in the tournament, India looked to make it three out of three as they went about their task of chasing the total put in front of them. They were jolted early on though after the in-form Shikhar Dhawan departed early. His dismissal was soon followed by the underperforming Raina departing for a duck to see India in some trouble before stand-in captain Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul stringed together a much-needed partnership. Negotiating the Bangladeshi bowlers carefully they put up a knock of 61 runs between them which also saw Rohit Sharma register a half-century. Both their departures in quick succession, however, put the brakes on the Indian innings who found themselves almost out of the match, needing 28 of the last 2 overs. Just having stepped in, Dinesh Karthik had different ideas though as he ripped apart the Bangladeshi’s. His whirlwind innings of 29 off 8 saw him win the match for India with a six of the last ball.

 

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